The weather has been very cooperative the last few days with fairly light winds and some decent moisture. Today and tomorrow will see a good soaking rain to keep things tamped down even more.
I guess the fire hasn't moved much, but the lack of up to date maps is becoming rather frustrating. The best that I can see is dated Saturday morning and is already out of date regarding the organization of firefighting efforts(click image to enlarge):
You can see the firefighting efforts have been divided into divisions. Division A is in the upper NW corner of the fire and divisions B, C, and D run east from there along the northern edge of the fire. Divisions Z, Y, X, and W run south and southeast from Division A.
Division A is the cornerstone of the efforts on the northern and western sides of the fire and where much of the containment is, though now that it is listed as 23% contained today it's hard to tell without an updated map. The Inciweb update for today has the game plan:
Division A: Hold; Division B/C: Construct direct line and hoselay; Division D: Continue to recon and prepare for use of fireline explosives. Division Z: Scout for hotspots around Clearwater lake; Division W: Continue to secure lines. Division X: Hold and mop up. Division T/U/V - Scout and Recon.
I'm guessing divisions T/U/V have been carved out of what is shown as Division D on the map, along the eastern side of the fire. I don't know though, since there's no current map.
Total personnel has risen to 738.
The major concern remains the blowdown areas to the north and east of the fire. I'm very interested in seeing what kind of progress is being made on those sides of the fire. If the fire makes it into those blowdown areas it could run all the way to the Gunflint trail and/or burn until winter snows finally smother it. Those blowdown areas hold an incredible amount of fuel in the form of millions of downed trees. Many of those trees are not on the forest floor where they would rot away more quickly, but air dried in a tangled mess above it. That's why many of us familiar with the area get so twitchy about fire approaching those areas. It's the kind of situation that the word "conflagration" was made for.
But enough with the gloom and frustration, things actually are going quite well right now and the next couple of days should be good ones for everybody.